Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – April 8th, 2016
Dillon Lake (Muskingum County) – Fluctuating water levels below the spillway are making this Muskingum County reservoir tough to fish. When the water cooperates, anglers are picking up a few saugeyes, crappies, and bluegills on minnows and waxworms.
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Muskingum River (Morgan, Muskingum, Washington counties) – Both the pools and tailwaters offer good early crappie fishing. Try fishing heavy cover with small jigs or minnows. As temperatures increase, try casting rubber worms, crankbaits, and spinners over submerged structure, docks, weed beds, and deep holes for spotted bass. Anglers have reported limited success in the past. Flathead catfish prefer live bait such as gizzard shad. Try using shad eight inches or larger. Success for these fish will continue to increase as temperatures warm throughout the spring and summer.
Lake Hope (120 acres; Vinton County) – Try using a variety of artificial baits, including shallow running crankbaits for largemouth bass. For crappies and bluegills, fish live bait, including waxworms and nightcrawlers, under a bobber. A decent rainfall event will create some great conditions for channel cats. Try fishing the bottom using cut bait in the evenings or early mornings, especially as temperatures begin to climb.
Wills Creek Lake (Muskingum, Coshocton counties) – Fishing pressure and success have been low here. Some crappies and saugeyes are being caught, but nothing much in the way of size to report. Area anglers fishing strip pits are doing well on largemouth bass, however. One angler caught an 8-pound largemouth recently out of one of the area pits and another hooked one that would have tipped the scales at 6-7 pounds. This is a good time of year to fish inline spinnerbaits right along the water’s edge to pick up largemouths.
Wolf Run Lake (Noble County) – For rainbow trout, try a variety of baits, such as corn, cheese, small spinners, or prepared baits, all of which can produce a successful experience for anglers. Daily limit of five fish. For largemouth bass, fish near shallow structures such as tree stumps, fallen trees, or weed bed edges. Spinnerbaits, rubber worms, crankbaits, and jig-n-pig combinations all work well. Three fish split daily limit with two fish less than 15 inches and one fish greater than or equal to 20 inches. 10-horsepower limit.
Tycoon Lake (Gallia County) – For crappies, fish minnows or white or chartreuse twister tails in two-to-eight-foot depths near brush piles, stickups, or old submerged fencerows. For largemouth bass, use jig-n-pig combos, which have been typical early spring success baits while fished along the old fencerows or among the many subsurface stumps. Three fish split daily limit with two fish less than 15 inches and one fish greater than or equal to 20 inches. Electric motors only.